In October 2020, PartnerSPEAK hosted an entirely virtual AGM featuring some of the leading experts and decision makers in the industry. It was a fantastic event that revitalised our commitment to fiercely advocate for affected family members, and to create a world without child abuse material. You can watch the entire event and hear from people with lived experience here.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians, whose lands, winds and waters we all now share, and pay respect to their unique values, and their continuing and enduring cultures which deepen and enrich the life of our nation and communities. We pay our respects to elders past and present.
We are working to ensure our practice is culturally responsive and sensitive. To achieve this, we commit to understanding and respecting the historical and contemporary intergenerational traumas experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the implications this has for the work we do.
Having said this, we underscore, recognise, delight in, and learn from the strengths, capacities, abilities, and contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make to wider Australian and global society. We embrace the principles of self-determination and reconciliation, and strive to work towards equality of outcomes and ensuring an equitable voice for Indigenous people in Australia.
I wish to advise the PartnerSPEAK community that with effect from 15 February 2021, I have resigned as Chair and as a Director of the PartnerSPEAK Board.
I have proudly served in the role of Board Chair since August 2019, after being requested by the Board to assume the position after the resignation of the previous Chair of the Board.
The services provided by PartnerSPEAK are required by Victorians who may find themselves at this point in their lives. PartnerSPEAK has been very fortunate to have secured the commitment of the Victorian State Government and its donors in order to provide its current level of service, and I thank these generous partners for their commitment to PartnerSPEAK.
I also wish to acknowledge the commitment of our Staff who work tirelessly to ensure that their support and compassion is available when Victorians need it the most.
I am very proud to have served as your Chair of the Board of PartnerSPEAK, and I wish our PartnerSPEAK community well as it looks to the future.